State Senator Anna Wishart says she’s aware that her proposal to lower the State voting age to 16 is will be an uphill battle.
She tells KLIN guest host Colby Koash on Drive Time Lincoln she believes in the issue, but passage of her legislation isn’t necessarily the point of proposing the change.
“I look forward to these types of initiatives that make us stop and think about what it means to be a to vote and what it means to be civically engaged.”
She says a healthy level of skepticism is good, especially with legislation so bold.
However she maintains that 16-year-old are level-headed enough to make choices about their futures. She says she got the idea for the proposal after listening to politically engaged German woman who’s government allows 16-year-olds to vote.
“And then looking in other communities in the country, in our country, that have allowed 16 year old’s to vote, they’ve seen positive benefits to that as well.”
Either way, Wishart says the conversation is good for the state in the long run “In the fact that we are having a conversation about young people having a voice in the direction our state is going.”
Wishart says she plans to put the measure on the 2020 ballot as a constitutional amendment.